Goodbye 2010… Some closing thoughts on a tough year.

by Amanda on December 31, 2010

Ahhh…. New Year Eve’s eve…. Can I call it that?  I guess if I am writing this post, I can call it whatever I want.  Regardless, I am sitting here and taking a moment or two to reflect on the year that is about to be done.

2010… I am guessing that for most, it will be remembered as a trying year – a year that thickened our skin and toughened our hearts.  Everyone was somehow affected by the economy… and if you weren’t, well, you are either lying or too young to know that it is affecting you!  Being in real estate, I got to see a lot of the struggles first hand.  I sat down with numerous people who were losing their jobs, losing their homes and losing their sanity.  Now hopefully I am not coming across as though I remained unscathed by what has been happening all around us.  I own a house that was bought in 2006, I own a rental property that I had an opportunity to sell in 2006 (and passed on it) and my livelihood depends on the ability to help people make good decisions about buying and selling homes.  So, I would say that I have “felt” what is going on all around us – in fact, some might argue that I witness more than most.

So, yes… 2010, in my mind, will be remembered as a year in which life got harder.  But more importantly, I will remember 2010 as a year in which there were so many successes.  This past year I got to do the following:  Marry my best friend after 8 years; qualified for every national riding competition that I had hoped for; helped my mom official kick her cancer’s ass for good (yep, she’s doing AWESOME);  grew the Chicago Home Partner team by bringing on a great new team member; and believe it or not, led Chicago Home Partner to have its best year EVER – in other words, more homes sold than any other year.  Pretty amazing year, huh?  I thought so too… And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of celebrating all of the loved ones that I am so blessed to have as part of my life every day.

So, as I said above, 2010, in my mind, WILL be remembered as a year in which life got harder… the difference is that I got tougher.  I had no rose colored lenses to blind me from what was happening.  I just refused to give up without a fight.  And trust me, there were days, more than most will ever know, that I felt as though there was no fight left in me.  There were days that I was working so hard, that I felt as though I could literally taste blood in my mouth.  (Anyone that has ever worked themselves to the bone knows exactly that feeling I just described!) I worked and worked and worked… to be a better daughter, to be a better wife, to be a better real estate advisor, to be a better rider, to be a better friend, to be a better mentor… I think that you get the drift.  The point is that I worked hard and refused to believe that my life could be totally overcome by anyone or anything but me.  Now trust me, my efforts were not perfect… there were mistakes made, tempers lost and sleepless nights along the way.  BUT, today, I sit here and I know that I put up a fight.  I know that I was able to make a “tough” year, a little more bearable… both for myself and hopefully for some others in my life.  To those people that trusted me to be their friend, to be their agent/advisor, to be their person… I am indebted to you.  It is through you that I make myself a better person.  So, thank you.

So, where do we go from here… 2010 is coming to a close.  It was tough, but it was good!  2011… honestly is not going to be any easier.  But on the flip side, I am hoping that it can live up to all of the success that 2010 brought too.  I think that we all just need to remember that we all have a little fight inside of us.

So, it is definitely very true… our lives are what we make of it.  My wish for you in the new year is that you can DREAM BIG…. I sure am.

With Love,


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob Watson December 31, 2010 at 1:22 am

What a beautiful and poignant post Amanda. So happy for both you and Matt, your mother’s better health and to your success in being one of the few who will lead the charge through these unchartered waters of change in the real estate business. Great things for you in 2011! ps: love your branding.

Steve Harney December 31, 2010 at 1:35 am

Absolutely beautiful!

Matthew Ferrara December 31, 2010 at 9:07 am

Bravo! You have captured what we all have felt and reminded us that our destiny is what we make of it! Best wishes for 2011!

Margie Rowe December 31, 2010 at 9:08 am

Oh what a year indeed! Yes, the market for selling homes has been a tough one just as the year before. The challenges are always coming but it is our choice on how we approach them. It is a great time to buy real estate!
I have had a year which has ended with one of my best blessings. We received our first grandchild on December 4th. He is a new love and my heart has grown more because of him.
We can pray for better year in 2011 but it is the attitude we take in life that gives us the edge. Smile it is contagious! 
• “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas Edison

Ralph D Bredahl January 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Thanks for the beautiful and thoughtful article.

Jennifer Larson January 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Amanda, I really admire and appreciate all that you shared both personnally and professionally esp. The balance of both the trials and tribulations endured as well as your successes and celebrations. Not many share in this way, and its a nice gift. hanks for including me (and Dave).

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